Dental Tips Blog

Nov
12

What’s the Typical Age for a Dental Implant Patient?

Posted in Dental Implants

It’s estimated that over 50% of adults have at least one missing tooth. It doesn’t matter what age you are…20….40….80. The impact of having an extra space in your smile is something that affects more than just your appearance. It can prevent you from eating correctly or even impact your self-esteem.

With dental implants, you have the option to replace your missing tooth with an artificial, permanent “root.” On top of that implant, you can add anything from a single crown to an implant supported denture.

But are You the Right Age for Dental Implants?

Surprisingly, just about any healthy adult over the age of 18 is a great candidate for the treatment. By 18, your mouth has finished developing, so there’s enough space and bone to have an implant placed.

But don’t let that age fool you. There are even people in their late 80s and 90s who opt to get implants. At a later age, implants can help to stabilize your denture, maintain a balanced diet, or just make it possible to eat a piece of steak again.

Getting Implants is a Personal Choice

Investing in dental implants can help you get the most out of your smile. If you’re younger and want something that’s more cost effective that will last for decades…dental implants are the best choice.

Maybe you’ve recently retired but can’t stand the idea of wearing a partial denture after having those teeth pulled. Implants can give you what feel like real teeth all over again.

No adult is ever “too young” or “too old” for implants. The typical age is just a perception. Call your dentist to see if implants are right for you!

Posted on behalf of:
Buford Family Dental
4700 Nelson Grogdon Blvd. NE #210
Buford, GA 30518
678.730.2005

Nov
7

How Noticeable Are Dental Implants?

Posted in Dental Implants

It’s not unusual to worry if a dental implant or two would be noticeable in your smile. You might be thinking about restoring your bite with an implant, but you’re afraid the metal “root” will show.

Yes, dental implants are made up of titanium restorations that replace a tooth root. But that metal part doesn’t show up the way you might think.

What Dental Implants Look Like

An implant is a small metal post topped with a connecting abutment, which supports a crown. This “cap” is made of a material like porcelain that resembles the texture, color, and translucency of real tooth enamel.

The crown is the only part that shows when you smile. It covers all metal parts that show above the gum line. All the rest is hidden away from everybody’s sight, deep within your gums and bone.

What If You Don’t Have Enough Gums?

In some cases, patients don’t have enough supporting structures to retain and hide an implant. If that’s true in your case, then your dentist will give you a few options:

  • Gum/bone grafts
  • Shorter implants
  • Dental bridge
  • Ceramic (tooth colored) implants

If You Can See Your Implant

If you’ve had an implant for quite some time and the metal post has become visible, then it’s time to see your dentist. This could be a sign of gum recession or, more seriously, aggressive gum disease.

If you need to replace a diseased tooth with an implant, you can wear a very low-profile partial to fill in the gap while you complete treatment.

The only ones who will know you have an implant are you, your dentist, and anyone else you choose to tell!

Posted on behalf of:
Taylor Dental and Implant Center
13429 Macarthur Blvd.
Oklahoma City OK 73142
(405) 722-4400

Oct
30

Can Your Child Get a Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

You want your child to have a beautiful, functioning, and complete smile. So, when your son or daughter loses an adult tooth to decay or injury, your first instinct may be to replace it with an implant.

Dental implants are wonderful restorations and dental professionals are quick to recommend them to almost any patient.

Almost any patient.

How An Implant Works

An implant is a metal screw that anchors into the jawbone where a tooth used to be. An implant is just like a tooth root in that it:

  • Supports a crown or other restoration for chewing
  • Provides a secure anchor for the bite
  • Maintains tooth alignment
  • Preserves the shape of surrounding bone

But in one crucial area an implant is very different from teeth: it fuses directly to the bone. Teeth roots have a cushiony layer of ligaments between them and the bone. This ligament layer is what allows teeth to move through the mouth, whether naturally or with the aid of braces. But implants can’t be moved once they heal into the jawbone.

Your Child’s Smile

Kids’ jaws are highly dynamic. They’re constantly growing along with the rest of your child’s body. The increasing size accommodates more teeth and allows room for the teeth to shift. Sticking an immovable implant in the middle of all this activity could really throw off your child’s teeth alignment.

Dental Implant Alternatives For Kids

If your little one needs a tooth replaced, your dentist will be happy to work with you in finding the perfect temporary solution until your child is ready for an implant. Schedule a consultation to find out more.

Posted on behalf of:
Northampton Dental
24036 Kuykendahl Rd Suite 300
Tomball, TX 77375
(832) 639-6350

Oct
8

How to Get a Dental Implant

Posted in Dental Implants

A dental implant is today’s tooth replacement option of choice. It’s quite simply a metal “root” inserted into the jawbone. Implants support crowns, bridges, or dentures to complete a smile.

Can your smile benefit from an implant (or two or three)?

Implant Consultation

The very first thing you need to do is visit a dentist with experience in placing dental implants. A series of x-rays and other imaging will help your provider estimate how well your mouth can support an implant.

You’ll discuss some important factors like:

  • Amount and quality of bone in your jaw
  • Your overall health
  • Factors that may inhibit healing
  • Your short and long-term smile goals

If it’s determined that an implant is right for you, your dentist will move on to the treatment planning phase.

Implant Placement Planning

Today’s technology allows implant professionals to basically perform virtual surgery to find out the best way to place your new restorations. This takes out the guesswork and secures the chances for successful healing.

Digital imaging and virtual planning will give your dentist an idea of how many implants are needed, what size they should be, and how they should be positioned to make the most of existing bone.

If you need bone grafting to build up your jaw, this will happen in advance of getting an implant or at the time of your surgery.

What’s It Like To Get An Implant?

Your actual implant doesn’t take long to place. Most appointments are less than an hour. With just a numbing shot or two, you won’t feel a thing. Follow post-op directions for healing and you should enjoy a speedy recovery.

Contact your dentist today to get started!

Posted on behalf of:
Bayshore Dental Center
810 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd #2900
Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 330-2006

Sep
29

I Lost My Tooth Years Ago – Can I Still Get an Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

Although you’ve known about dental implants for years, you’re only just now starting to consider the option.

Is it too late for you to fill the gap in your smile with an implant?

How much time goes by between losing a tooth and getting an implant isn’t that important. There’s no time limit, no set figure. What does matter is the condition your mouth is in.

How Are Your Bone Levels?

Bone responds to the presence of tooth roots. If there is no tooth in an area, then the bone tissue has nothing to stimulate its rebuilding process. Over time, it shrinks and becomes too shallow to retain an implant.

Even if you have too little bone, implant therapy could still be an option. Smaller implants, bone grafting, and careful planning have made implants a success for many a patient with poor bone levels.

Is There A Tooth In The Way?

You might have a gap in your smile, but it’s possible that neighboring teeth have shifted forward or tipped out of line. This would block the space for an implant to fit into. To make room, you may need orthodontic treatment for a short period of time to open the space back up before you can have an implant placed there.

After Years With Dentures

If you’re just now considering implants after wearing dentures for some time, that’s okay. Your dentist can help you work with what you have to place implants that will anchor your denture for a secure bite.

Contact your dentist to schedule an evaluation and see if dental implants are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Paul Jang Dentistry
14711 Princeton Avenue, Ste. 12
Moorpark, CA 93021
805-791-2336

Sep
27

How Long Does it Take to Recover From Dental Implant Surgery?

Posted in Dental Implants

Before you jump into the process of planning a dental implant treatment, you should have realistic expectations of how long it takes.

Typical Dental Implant Procedures

Having the implant placed doesn’t take long, at all. It should take your dentist less than an hour. But in most cases, you don’t get to enjoy the finished product for several months.

Dental implants need time to heal and fuse with the bone before they can bear the force of biting. After about 3-6 months of getting the implant, you’ll be ready to have the healing cap placed.

After a couple weeks of letting the gums heal, you’ll be ready for a crown.

What About Same-Day Implants?

Recovery from surgery is similar for same-day implants. You just don’t have to wait as long to get your “teeth put on.” But bear in mind that this procedure isn’t right for everyone.

Can You Speed Up Recovery?

You can make your healing period productive and brief by following your dentist’s instructions. These may include:

  • Not smoking
  • Icing the site to bring down swelling
  • Getting lots of bedrest and limiting physical activity
  • Sticking to a liquid and soft foods diet

The more time your implant has to heal into your jaw before you use it, the better. So your recovery and healing should be all about rest and not putting weight on your implant by biting on it.

Whichever implant procedure you have, it may take you six months to a year to fully complete your smile. You may need more time if you also have bone grafting.

Ask your dentist for an estimate on how long it would take you to heal from getting an implant.

Posted on behalf of:
Dental Care of Acworth
5552 Robin Road Suite A
Acworth GA 30103
678-888-1554

Sep
22

Dental Implants: Improve Your Smile and Your Oral Health with One Procedure

Posted in Dental Implants

People are quick to write off dental implants as too expensive to bother contemplating. But dental implants may offer even more value than their price tag states.

So before you dismiss dental implants all together, consider their benefits.

An Implant Will Make You Look Better

For starters, an implant is going to fill in the gap in your smile, making you instantly look younger, healthy, and more attractive.

An implant looks and feels far more natural than a removable false tooth. It’s permanent so you’ll be able to eat without fear of it falling out.

Caring for an implant is simple. You just brush and floss as usual.

You’ll feel so confident with an implant that you won’t be able to help but smile all the time!

Dental Implants – Game Changer for Your Health

As long as you have that gap in your smile, you’ll always have to deal with the annoyance of food getting stuck there. You may even have to cut up food into tiny bites beforehand, depending on which teeth and how many are missing.

But an implant will change the way you eat, forever. You can securely and comfortably chew all of your favorite healthy foods your body needs.

Another benefit is that an implant will help preserve tooth alignment. When other teeth tip or shift out of position, they become prone to disease. So preserving their natural positions helps keep your smile healthy.

Of course, not everyone’s position allows them to successfully get a dental implant. If an implant isn’t an option for you, then your dentist will let you know of other options. Schedule a dental implant consultation to find out more.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. C Family Dentistry
13514 E 32nd Ave
Spokane Valley, WA 99216
(509) 591-9317

Sep
22

Bone Grafting – What and Why?

Posted in Dental Implants

A bone graft is when an oral surgeon places new bone material in a part of your jaw when it doesn’t have enough.

This process comes in handy for things like:

  • Preparing a site for a dental implant
  • Rebuilding the jaw to support a denture
  • Repairing areas damaged by trauma or disease

Getting a bone graft could mean improving the function of your mouth and even enhancing the look of your smile or face.

The graft material could be taken from your own jaw or another body site. It might also be of animal origin, from another human, or some other synthetic material that stimulates the growth of new bone.

So how do you know if you need a grafting procedure?

Ultimately, only your dentist or oral surgeon can make that call.

If you need treatment such as dentures or an implant, you will find out well in advance whether bone grafting is part of the process.

There’s a good chance you’ll be told you need bone grafting if you have:

  • Been missing teeth for many years
  • A history of severe gum disease
  • Been told that you don’t have enough bone to support an implant

Being told you may need a bone graft isn’t even the end of the matter. You may be able to avoid one, altogether.

Some dental implants, for example, are designed to get a secure hold in minimal amounts of bone.

The bottom line is that bone grafting is a very straightforward procedure. Your surgeon will carefully explain your options and you’ll be on your way to a new smile!

Ask your dentist for more facts on bone grafting if you’ve got a list of smile restoration procedures.

Posted on behalf of:
Mendota Springs Dentistry
6317 McKee Rd #500
Fitchburg, WI 53719
(608) 957-7709

Sep
19

Can I Get an Implant if I’m Missing More Than One Tooth?

Posted in Dental Implants

Most of the time, we think of a dental implant in terms of a single tooth replacement. But if you’re missing several teeth, it may not be practical to get a separate implant in each spot.

What can you do? Your dentist may have a few different options that are available?

Implant Bridges

Let’s say you’re missing a few teeth in a row. The gap is too long for a traditional dental bridge to span. But place a dental implant in there, and you’ll have an extra tooth to work with. A bridge is cheaper than placing multiple implants for each missing tooth. The support of two implants can support a bridge up to three or four teeth long.

Implant Dentures

Dental implants can even help when you have absolutely no teeth left to speak of!

As few as two implants placed near the front of the jaw could be sufficient to hold a denture securely in place. Other methods use implants of different sizes placed at different angles to lift the shape of the smile.

You’d be surprised at just how much work modern dental implants are capable of!

Implant Partial Dentures

Some dentists can apply the same techniques for implant dentures to partial dentures. Even if you still have many teeth left, a partial denture can fill in the gaps, and implants can hold it in place where your remaining teeth cannot.

It takes a lot of careful planning to make this method work. If you ask around, you may find a dentist with the experience necessary to give this a try.

Whichever method you end up going with, planning and patience will bring you miles closer to the smile of your dreams!

Posted on behalf of:
Definition Dental
12850 SW Canyon Rd
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 644-8900

Aug
30

Bridge or Implant – Which Really Costs More?

Posted in Dental Implants

There’s nothing quite like your natural teeth. But once you’ve lost a tooth, it’s time to move forward and decide on a replacement that’s the next best thing.

Two very common tooth replacement options include dental bridges and dental implants. Which one is right for your smile?

Cheaper In The Short Term

If you want a fix cheap and you want it now, then the obvious answer is a dental bridge.

Bridges are usually made in three appointments or fewer. Your bridge would involve fitting a couple of teeth to get dental crowns. These crowns are what support a false tooth suspended between them.

Getting a dental implant is an investment of time. The whole process can take 6-8 months, and even longer, in some cases. Although implant surgery is not major, it does take a while for things to heal so that you can start using your new tooth.

The Better Payoff

Just because a bridge gets results fast doesn’t make it ideal for everyone.

Dental bridges require two supporting teeth to be filed down to have crowns. Doing so means that those teeth will need special attention and maintenance over the years.

Crowns and bridges don’t last forever.

Dental implants, on the other hand, are permanent, which can save you a lot of money down the road. But it’s important to discuss this possibility with your dentist in detail to see if you qualify.

You may actually find that combining the two techniques will work out best for your smile. An implant can help support a bridge across a gap where two or three teeth are missing.

Call your dentist today to schedule a personalized smile consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Red Oak Family Dentistry
5345 W University Dr #200
McKinney, TX 75071
(469) 209-4279

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